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Pipeline Bill Would Restrict Methane Emissions, Restore Obama Rules

U.S. Dept of Energy

Stricter control measures and penalties for reckless operation of pipelines are in a House bill authored by Oregon Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio.

If enacted, the legislation would also address climate change by cutting emissions and preventing pipeline leaks.  DeFazio says it also reinstates a 2016 EPA rule that set limits on methane emissions for the natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline sector.

“Once the methane gets to its end point, it’s burned and then it becomes CO2 pollution," DeFazio says. "But if it escapes while it’s raw, it has an incredible and much longer-lasting impact on the atmosphere.”

Credit U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
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The Safer Pipelines Act of 2019 is written to create more than 200 jobs tied to its enforcement. It would also reverse President Trump’s rollback of Obama-era methane rules.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.